Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hudson a Hundred Years Ago

Last week, a reader told Gossips that at the June Common Council Public Works Committee meeting, DPW superintendent Rob Perry speculated that, because of personnel shortages, it was possible that no crosswalks would be repainted this year. It will be remembered that last year, the diagonal lines--or zebras, as they are called--on many crosswalks were not painted because of equipment failure.

I was reminded of the current crosswalk situation yesterday when I stumbled upon the following news item, which appeared in the Hudson Evening Register a hundred years ago, on July 7, 1917.

In the summer of 1917, the Hudson Police Department acquired two motorcycles. One was donated to the department by City Judge Harold E. Fritts; the other was purchased by the City. Prior to acquiring the motorcycles, if a police officer needed get anywhere in the city (the corner of Green Street and Fairview Avenue was cited as an example of a location far afield), he had to go on foot or hope he could hail a passing motorcar or horse-drawn carriage.

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